Feb 23, 2012

Toronto Auto Show Mercedes SLS AMG Photo

2012 Toronto Auto Show Mercedes HDR
The Toronto Auto Show is a great place to see exciting cars in an easy to photograph environment. Unfortunately the clutter of the show, with competing manufacturers and photographers makes for a pretty dull image. This image breaks that mould with several versions of a Mercedes SLS AMG roadster convertible composited to create an HDR image, which was then itself composited onto an image of the Toronto skyline taken from a waterfront parking lot. The HDR image was created using layers and layer masks rather than the heavy handed HDR automation of Photoshop. The HDR images were shot with available light ( lots of it but all from above ), at speeds of 1/3 second at f16 and iso ranging from 100 to 250 using a 24-105 mm lens. The bright sunny exterior shot matches the lighting in the show pretty well. The star burst refection of one of the stage lights on the windshield adds sparkle.

Feb 18, 2012

Architectural Photo - Bauer Warehouse Building at Night

Architectural Phoro - Bauer Building at Night
This industrial building was photographed at night with a one second exposure ISO 500 with car lights streaking by.

Feb 16, 2012

Architectural Photography - ORNGE Head Office

Architectural Photography - ORNGE Head Office
I drove by Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and was struck by the bright orange of the ORNGE Air Ambulance Head Office building on Explorer Drive in Mississauga. It is a striking looking building, and recently reported management troubles made it almost voyeuristic photography. I wasn't alone with a camera. Out of the frame was a TV remote truck, and several other photographers shooting the bright orange signage as well. It was a grey day, so I composited in a bluer sky to bring out the white frames of the glass walls. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark 2 with a 24-105 mm lens.

Feb 15, 2012

Interior Photography - King Edward Hotel Toronto

King Edward Hotel Toronto Windsor Ballroom
While taping green screen interviews for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non Fiction, I took a few minutes to photograph some of the old elegance of the 100+ year old King Edward Hotel. The videotaping took place in the lower level Windsor Ballroom, and this photo is of the reception lobby area outside the entrance to the Ballroom. The walls are covered with mirrors, and this photo shows the repeated reflections of the sofa and another sofa behind the camera.

Shot with a 24-105 Canon lens.

Feb 12, 2012

Interior Photography - Trump Toronto Hotel Room

Trump Toronto Hotel Room17-40 mm wide angle lens @ 17 mm

Trump Toronto Hotel Room24-105 mm @24 mmlens

I had the pleasure of staying in the new Trump Toronto Hotel at Bay and Adelaide in Toronto. The beautifully appointed room was amazingly quiet, with recessed lights, leather, heated floor. It is a land locked hotel, next to the Scotia Plaza, with the upper floors to be condos, but the view up Adelaide and Bay Streets was still inspiring from 20 floors up. There is amazing stonework and gargoyles on the upper floors of the old The Canada Permanent Trust Building at 320 Bay Street

These shots were taken with a Canon 5D II, using a very long exposure and just a bit of kick from a flash.